There can't be many airports in the world nowadays that regularly handle mainline jets that don't get an Airbus A320 series aircraft visiting. From Bhutan to Buenos Aires, Calgary to Christchurch and Denver to Dalian you're going to see the aircraft family that made Airbus the force it is today. The aircraft that indeed has forced two competitive responses from Boeing. This of course also means that 1/400 scale is swimming in Airbus A320s, but alas they are not all equal. As I did for the A330, back in March, in this post I aim to look at the current A320 moulds and see which cuts the mustard.
I first reported in March that Skywings were promoting the development of a CAAC Boeing 747SP using their StartCollector app. That was good news as it was a model with clear sales potential and one that would appeal to international buyers as well as the Chinese home support. I regularly used to see them at Gatwick myself when I was a kid. Things got even better when JC Wings announced they would also release the models under their own brand but alas things have taken a turn for the annoying since then!
China Southern doesn't really do special schemes however being a Skyteam member it has painted several aircraft into the alliance colours including the Boeing 777-21BER B-2056 (msn 27525 / ln 66). The Skyteam scheme is deceptively complex so how have two manufacturers approached it and which has the best 777?
It's not often that I get two examples of nearly the same model from two different manufacturers, however my recent branch into collecting Chinese airlines has given me more scope for this eventuality. In the first of a multi-part series I will compare 2 releases side by side to see which is the most accurate. First up Phoenix and Aeroclassic battle it out on the A319.